“Mercy has an impact. It melts hearts. It removes objections. It forces respect out of even those hostile to the gospel. Our good deeds glorify God in the eyes of the world.”
– Tim Keller, Ministries of Mercy
Redeemer’s expression of Mercy Ministry.
Taking its cues from the early church the Redeemer Diaconate is a group of men (deacons) and women (deaconesses) who are nominated, trained, elected and appointed by Redeemer elders and members, much like the historic church.
In Acts 6 we learn that as the church grew, a segment of population, specifically the Hellenistic widows, was over-looked in daily distribution of food. So the church leaders got together and urged the congregation to “pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty [of service] (v3).” Through selection and mobilization of additional servants we see God’s kingdom greatly expanded.
Modeled after Acts 6, the Redeemer Diaconate exists to contribute to the building of a repentant and rejoicing community through loving, truth-telling relationships where practical, visible needs are being met while hearts are being changed through encounters with Jesus and one another. The Diaconate expresses in practical ways Christ’s command to all believers to love our neighbor as ourselves.
How you can help?
As each of the three Redeemer congregations expand it’s crucial for our church to increase our teams of deeks to serve increasing needs of each congregation.
There are various ways for you to partner with us:
Nominate a fellow member to be considered for the Diaconate this November. We’re on the lookout for compassionate, servant-hearted and spiritually mature candidates and we are praying for an explosion in the numbers of nomination. Join us as we pray for our future nominees and come to the Diaconate Open House on Wednesday, November 12, for a lively panel and information session with light refreshments.
Pray with us as we seek God’s wisdom and his sustaining grace to serve our fellow sisters and brothers in need.
Consider providing financial gifts to the Diaconate to enable its ministry of mercy.
Thank you so much, your faithful partnership is making a difference